Selenium is a mineral found in soil all over the world. Experts call it a trace mineral needed by humans, plants, and animals to function properly. It comes to us through the food chain first through the plant eaters and eventually to us by eating some type of meat.
Glutathione pyroxidase is an enzyme that operates in the body like an antioxidant. The body cannot metabolize this substance without selenium. These two substances are found in every cell in the body because the cells need them to repair and protect the cell walls from free radical damage.
Free radicals are byproducts of cellular metabolism. Think of them as rust. Just as rust in the oxidation process will destroy metal, the cellular rust called free radicals will damage and age cells. Antioxidants protect cells from this damage and actually, help the body clean up the waste products efficiently.
Some people live in areas where water has high levels of arsenic and other toxic metals. Selenium can help the body get rid of these toxic metals.
Selenium is a wonder mineral because the body uses it in so many different ways. Not only does it protect cells from free radicals, but it also works in a variety of ways. Selenium decreases inflammation by blocking the effects of some of the causes—prostaglandins and leukotrienes. The mineral thins the blood, decreasing the stickiness that causes blood platelets to stick together and lead to heart attacks. It increases the blood levels of HDL, the good cholesterol.
This wonder mineral helps the body metabolize many substances efficiently. It helps the thyroid function and produce sufficient levels of thyroxine. Vitamin E works better when combined with selenium.
A few years ago, there were reports that selenium stopped the HIV virus in its tracks. Then we never heard any more information about this. Since selenium can even help DNA repair itself, it would come as no surprise if it has a positive impact against AIDS.
Uses with Hair Loss
Any nutrient that helps the cardiovascular system will help increase blood flow. It is likely that selenium will also help increase blood flow to hair follicles. Thyroid deficiency leads to hair loss. Selenium assists the thyroid gland in producing sufficient levels of thyroid hormone, which can in turn decrease hair loss.
Male pattern baldness begins when the hormone DHT increases as men age. It kills the hair follicles causing the familiar male hair loss men dread. Selenium seems to fight the conversion of ordinary testosterone to DHT. This is just one more way it fights aging and hair loss.
What I Like
I like the fact that you can buy selenium in a multi vitamin/mineral supplement for a low cost. Using it internally is where you will get most of your benefits.
Would I buy products that contain selenium? I would definitely suggest supplementing with a mineral supplement. There is nothing wrong with using hair loss products that contain selenium as well. However, I would strongly recommend that the product should include other ingredients useful in fighting hair loss like Minoxidil.